By Peter Antill
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
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Stalingrad has become a by-word for grim endurance and tenacity; for the refusal to give up, no matter the cost. In this book, Peter Antill takes a dispassionate look at one of the most talked about battles in history. He asks why the Germans allowed themselves to be diverted from their main objective, which was to capture the oil fields of the Caucasus, and concentrate such large resources on a secondary target. He discusses the merits of the commanders on both sides and also the relationship on the German side with Hitler as well as reviewing the ways in which the command structures influenced the battle. Apart from the overall question of German objectives, this book also unpicks the detail of unit directions, priorities and deployments, leading to a vivid account of the day-by-day war of attrition that took place in Stalingrad between September 14, 1942 and February 2, 1943. Stalingrad was more than a turning point, it was the anvil on which the back of German military ambitions in the east were broken and the echoes of its death knell were heard in Berlin and indeed the world over.
Supera di gran lunga il D-Day nell'immaginario mondiale. Questa immensa terribile battaglia dall'alto valore simbolico, decise le sorti della guerra. La seconda guerra mondiale può essere divisa in due parti: prima e dopo Stalingrado. Una città simbolo per entrambi gli schieramenti non si decise qui ma intorno ad essa con l'accerchiamento da parte delle forze sovietiche a danno di quelle naziste. Ma quello che accadde in città è storia.
GianLuca said on Sep 04, 2013, 12:23